Floods, landslides triggered by heavy rain kill 47 in Nepal

Geneva Matthews
August 14, 2017

The Home Ministry has appealed to the people to shift to safer areas.

Almost 600 tourists, including 200 Indians, have been stranded in central Nepal's popular tourist district Chitwan due to flooding triggered by heavy rains that have claimed 49 lives, officials said on Sunday.

Hundreds remain trapped in the most popular resorts.

On Saturday, Mahara called on Indian ambassador Majeev Singh Puri to request him for New Delhi to open the floodgates on the Koshi, Gadak and Rapti rivers, and as per reports, India took prompt action and helped smooth discharge of waters.

Some 30 people had earlier died of drowning or by being buried by landslide debris in the 24 hours since Friday night.

Police said floodwaters toppled telephone towers and power lines, cutting communications and electricity in many areas.

"Around 200 meters [656 feet] of national highway washed away with two buses and more than 50 are feared buried", said army spokesman Colonel Aman Anand.

There is criticism against India for not opening floodgates on the rivers on time, which has resulted in floods in southern Nepal, especially in the Terai region.

Issuing a statement following an emergency meeting on Sunday, the human rights watchdog appealed the Nepal government, security agencies, national and global organizations to expedite the rescue and relief operation in flood and landslide affected settlements.

Meanwhile, an emergency meeting led by Home Minister Janardan Sharma on Sunday formed a central command post for intensifying rescue operations.

Monsoon rains from June to September are important for farm-dependent Nepal, but they also cause havoc each year. Officials have warned that the death toll could increase because at least 17 people are still missing.

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